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COUNTRY ROADS

Biltmore Gardens Preserved in
Forever Stamp

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Foothills
Conservancy on a Roll

Two tracts were recently protected, with another in the works.

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he folks at Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina have been busy in
2020! In March, they sold 96 acres on Chestnut Mountain in Caldwell
County to the U.S. Forest Service to add the former private inholding to
the Pisgah National Forest. Conservation of the tract will help protect headwaters of the Yadkin River and provide a natural buffer between Boone Fork
and Johnny's Knob. The conservancy bought the land in 2018 and held it for
the Forest Service while public funding was secured.
The Canoe Creek purchase
The agency plans to use the land to expand trails for
includes 330 acres; inset
mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.
shows planning phases
for its future use for public
And earlier this year, the conservancy bought 330
recreation, archeological
acres of the Oak Hill Community Park and Forest near
exploration and events.
Morganton, ensuring permanent protection of
Canoe Creek, forests and farm land, and scenic
views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The organization will make Oak Hill a
destination for public hiking, biking, education, archeological exploration
and community events. Funding came from multiple individuals, businesses
and churches, and foundation grants. "For many in the Oak Hill community,
this property holds sentimental value," said staffer Beth Willard-Patton. "It
has been rewarding to see our community come together in such a big way for
a common goal!" They are working to raise additional funds for an adjacent
321-acre tract. foothillsconservancy.org/oakhillpark		
-CAT MCCUE

new audience of garden lovers will
discover the colorful tulips and blooming
Wisteria at Biltmore Estate's Walled Garden in
Asheville, North Carolina. The image is now
part of a set of new Forever postage stamps
released nationwide by the U.S. Post Office on
May 13.
The American Gardens collection, designed
from photographs from photographer Allen
Rokach, includes 10 gardens significant to
American History in a pane of 20 stamps.
Frederick Law Olmsted, lauded as the
"Father of American Landscape Architecture,"
designed the Walled Garden at Biltmore. He's
also known for other premiere projects including Central Park In New York City.
"I think that my great-grandfather George
Vanderbilt would be proud to see Olmsted's
work preserved and recognized nationally in
this way," says Biltmore President and CEO Bill
Cecil. "There have been many who have cared
for our gardens for over a century and we love
sharing the estate with our guests."
This isn't the first time Biltmore has been
honored with a stamp. The "American
Architecture" series, issued August 28, 1981,
features Biltmore House and Richard Morris
Hunt within its collection of enduring
examples of American architecture.
Also, on September
12, 1999, the USPS
issued the Frederick
Law Olmsted commemorative stamp.
-MARLA MILLING

30 Years Ago in Blue Ridge Country
"We were immensely flattered when at the end of that first year, we were
voted the Best New Regional Magazine in the United States by Successful
Magazine Publishing . . . And there's just one reason that happened: You.
Without thousands of you answering our direct mail letters or calling in a
subscription, none of our progress would have occurred."	
-Blue Ridge Country Publisher Richard Wells in
the July/August 1990, Second Anniverary issue of the magazine.

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